More Loveliness – Serene Garden

This week in my card classes, we used the Serene Garden stamp set. Most everyone loved the card!

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One of the things I like about this card is that you could use it for any occasion. On the inside, we used the very versatile Itty Bitty Greetings  stamp set to customize the card.

Design Notes for Serene Garden Card:

There is no way you would ever use bright colors with this set is there? Maybe one day I’ll change my mind about that but I went right to the subtles collection for this card.

 

We used the Stamparatus to stamp the dove. It’s such an easy way to make sure that the stamp is consistently perfect.

I also set up the Stamparatus to stamp the Balmy Blue line across the top. The next step was to stamp the design with VersaMark then use White Heat Emboss Powder. Once that was heated, we used Aqua Painters to fill in the colors. To be honest, it was a little tedious but my gals did a fabulous job!

 

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Vacation Memories with Colorful Seasons.

My husband and I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed many wonderful vacations. Some packed with touring and sightseeing, some with much needed relaxing. The theme this month for Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights is vacation. It didn’t take much thought for me to think about the wonderful relaxing vacations Jerry and I enjoyed in Maine. We’d go to Southport Island, a little place near Boothbay Harbor. I recall spending a lot of time sitting on our deck or down by the water watching activity in the nearly inlet. So, I set out with Colorful Seasons to make a card to remind me of those great days.

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Design Notes for Colorful Seasons Card:

Can you believe it? I used three different stamp sets for this card. I began with Colorful Seasons and the “just breathe” sentiment. After some paper tearing and sponging, I added a few beachy things with a stamp from the Sea of Textures stamp set. Next, I used the Lilypad Lake stamp set for the distant sail boats.

And about the chairs… I love the Adirondack chairs from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.The Wood Textures 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack seemed perfect. I thought it gave the chairs a rustic, Maine, look!

Finally, I added some Wink of Stella to the beach area to represent the sun shining on the sand. Is anything ever harmed by adding a little Wink of Stella?

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Going On An Animal Expedition!

It’s aI think this title sounds like I’m off to a safari in Africa! I wish! Animal Expedition is the name of a package of fabulous Designer Series Paper. I used it for my card for this week’s sketch challenge over at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday.

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I’m not sure if the frog looks happy or scared! Maybe all the alligators have him a little worried.

Here’s the sketch from this week’s Try Stampin’ on Tuesday challenge.

TSOT

Design Notes For Animal Expedition Card:

Well, as usual, I changed the challenge up a bit. I changed the orientation of the card, but that’s okay!

The Animal Outing stamp set is really one of my favorites. I used one of the cute sentiments and the stamp of the frog on a branch. A little coloring with Watercolor Pencils and I was finished most of the card. I wrapped a bit of Black Baker’s Twine across the top. A layer or two, placed it on the Animal Expedition Designer Paper and done! Sometimes the best cards are the easiest!

 

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Dianne

Eclipse with Nature’s Roots Framelits ?

I received a card in a swap a few weeks ago. The technique used on the card probably has a name but I don’t know it. It’s something like the eclipse technique but not exactly. I used the Nature’s Roots Framelits for my version.

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What do you think? Maybe it should be called reverse eclipse?

Design Notes for Nature’s Roots Framelits Card:

Here’s how I made this card.

First, I cut the tree from the Mossy Meadow card stock using the Nature’s Roots Framelits.Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature's Roots Framelits, Heat embossing, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Next, I placed the piece of Mossy Meadow on my Stamparatus.

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The next step was to place the stamp in the opening.

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Now, to close the plate to pick up the stamp in just the right place.

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Finally, remove the Mossy Meadow piece and replace with the piece to be stamped on. The stamp is in just the right place.

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Now, wasn’t that easy?

Once I inked up the stamp, I replaced the Mossy Meadow ink with some Early Espresso on the trunk, using a Stampin’ Write Marker.

The last thing to know is that after I heat embossed, I added the Mossy Meadow Layer to the stamped layer with Foam Adhesive Strips. So easy.

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Dianne

 

 

Climbing Orchid for Global Design Project

This has been a busy week. All week long, I kept thinking about the challenge over at Global Design Project. The sample is beautiful. I really liked the colors and layout and so decided as soon as I had a chance, I’d work on designing something. I love the Climbing Orchid stamp set and determined to use that  as the centerpiece of the card.

 

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Design Notes for Climbing Orchid Card:

I loved that Charlet used both Very Vanilla and Whisper White card stock on her card. The Very Vanilla provides a soft background and the Whisper White lets the center piece pop. Well, I more or less did the same thing on my card. To add some shine for this one I chose to use the Champagne Foil. I used some Rich Razzleberry ink on Petal Pink card stock for one of the background pieces. The Sheet Music background stamp is one of my favorites. I sponged both of the Whisper White pieces and the Petal Pink Sheet Music piece to add a soft touch. And did you notice the piece of  Delightfully Detailed Laser cut Specialty Paper in the background? That paper is so versatile.

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